Finding The Right Tanning Lotion
There is more to tanning than just lying down waiting for a tan to just happen. If you’re not careful, you can get nasty sunburns or develop a nasty skin condition from exposure to harmful UV rays. Fortunately for you and anyone looking for a perfect tan, you can use tanning lotions to get the desired tan without too much hassle. This being said, there isn’t just a standard universal tanning lotion to choose from, which is why you might want to figure out precisely what type of tan you desire.
Despite your choice, you should know that a good way to avoid exposure to too much sunlight is to use a tanning bed for your tanning needs. While the sun emits both UVA and UVB rays, tanning beds are designed to only emit UVA rays which are a lot less dangerous by comparison. With this in mind, you should remember that UVA rays penetrate the skin deeply, yet they are unlikely to cause any harm to your skin simply from exposure.
With this out of the way, let’s get into the lotions. When choosing a tanning lotion you must have a good idea about what type of tan you require and how quickly you hope to achieve it. If possible, do your research before beginning the actual shopping process, because some lotions are quite expensive and there might not be a way back for you after making a purchase. Still, there are seven types of lotions to choose from, each with its own particularities.
First of all, there are tanning lotions formulated to act as accelerators. These accelerators are great for beginners who have a fair skin still, whereas seasoned skin gets a lot darker over time. They also contain moisturizers that keep the skin safe during the tanning process, which is why you normally apply these lotions on the skin about an hour before the actual tanning takes place. Accelerators are also recommended for people who only have a short time to spare for tanning and who want to get the most out of the process.
Bronzers come next, you see, because they’re still intended for beginners or casual tanners who are simply looking for a quick tan. Sometimes, people use accelerators and bronzers at the same time to maximize their effect. Speaking of which, you can also use maximizers soon afterward. In general, maximizers are intended to help tanners who have already achieved a base tan and who are now looking to further their tanning levels.
At this point, you should be looking for tingle lotions, body blush lotions, and facial tanners. These lotions are formulated to stimulate the skin while causing an increase in blood circulation below skin level, thus stimulating your body’s melanin production levels. They will help your skin turn dark without experiencing the burning sensation you would normally feel when getting a tan, a process that is also very unlikely to cause you any physical harm.